The University of California’s Hastings College of the Law announced in San Francisco today it has selected law professor Frank Wu its new chancellor and dean.

Wu, 42, currently teaches legal history, immigration law, business law and evidence at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He was previously dean at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.

He will take office at Hastings on July 1.

Hastings, with an enrollment of 1,300 students, was founded in 1878 and was the first law school in the University of California system.

Bruce Simon, chairman of the Hastings board of directors, said, “Frank Wu is a brilliant, world-class scholar and national leader in higher education.”

Simon said, “With today’s significant fiscal challenges, UC Hastings needs dynamic, top-flight leadership fully engaged in the legal and greater community at large.”

Wu is the author of “Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White” and co-author of “Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment.”

He grew up in Detroit and received his law degree from the University of Michigan.

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